The United Nation Food standards body  Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has prescribed new regulations for the acceptance level of arsenic in rice.

This decision was taken in this weak at the annual meeting of CAC. CAC has prescribed maximum of 0.2 milligram of arsenic in per Kg of rice .

This defined level will ensure the quality of rice and provides producers with good agricultural and manufacturing techniques to prevent and reduce contamination of dangerous chemicals in the rice.

High level of Arsenic is responsible for causing human cancer,diabetes,developmental effect,heart diseases,effect brain and nervous diseases.Rice crop absorb arsenic more than the other minerals from soil and water.Being a styaple food in manmy countries it may effect a large proportion of the populations across the world.

Paddy fields that are irrigated with groundwater containing arsenic rich sediments are more prone to arsenic contamination.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by FAO and WHO in 1963 develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade. The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The UN to cop up with these problem of arsenic rice suggests growing crops in raised beds instead of flooded fields, drying out paddies before harvest, and regular checks on water supplies.